Padmasena: 5 definitions


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In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Padmasena in Kavya glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

1) Padmasena (पद्मसेन) is one of the two sons of the Vidyādhara king Muktasenā and queen Kambuvatī, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 42. Accordingly, as Indīvarasena said to king Parityāgasena after remembering his former live: “... and by a queen named Kambuvatī he [Muktasenā] had born to him in course of time two virtuous sons, Padmasena and Rūpasena. Then a maiden, named Ādityaprabhā, the daughter of a chief of the Vidyādharas, of her own accord, out of love, chose Padmasena for her husband. Hearing of that, a Vidyādhara maiden, of the name of Candravatī, became love-sick also, and came and chose him for her husband”.

The story of Padmasena and Muktāsena was narrated by Gomukha to Naravāhanahatta in order to demonstrate that “the great must endure great pains and gain great glory, but others have little pain and little glory”.

2) Padmasena (पद्मसेन) is one of the two sons of king Śrīdarśana, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 73. Accordingly, “... and when he [Śrīdarśana] had attained universal dominion he had two sons by his two wives, Padmiṣṭhā and Anaṅgamañjarī. And to one of them the king gave the name of Padmasena, and to the other of Anaṅgasena, and he reared them up to manhood”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Padmasena, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

[«previous next»] — Padmasena in Jainism glossary
Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Padmasena (पद्मसेन) is the name of an ancient king from Mahāpurī, according to chapter 4.3 [vimalanātha-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra: an ancient Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three illustrious persons in Jainism.

Accordingly:—“In the continent Dhātakīkhaṇḍa in East Videha in the province named Bharata there is a jewel of a city, named Mahāpurī. Its king was Padmasena, the abode of Padmā, who was invincible and accessible because of his merits, like the ocean. Chief of the strong and discerning, he made the teaching of the Jinas advance unbroken in his own mind, like his own command in the country. He always felt extreme disgust with existence, though dwelling in this worldly existence like a poor house. [...]”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Padmasena in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Padmasena (पद्मसेन):—[=padma-sena] [from padma] m. Name of sub voce men, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

2) Padmasenā (पद्मसेना):—[=padma-senā] [from padma-sena > padma] f. Name of a woman, [Hemacandra’s Pariśiṣṭaparvan]

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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